Conclusion and Recommendations

2013 Joint Conference


Photo at the Opening Ceremony

The Join 25th IFNGO & OFAP World Conference 2013 with the theme of “Reinforce the Family for a better and sustainable future” was held in the Westin Hotel Resort Macau, 21 – 25 October, 2013, with the number of delegates reaching 110, from 16 countries.

Resolution of Thanks & Appreciation

“The IFNGO & OFAP Joint 2013 Conference” with the theme of “Reinforce the Family for a better and sustainable future” held in the Westin Hotel Resort Macau, 21 – 25 October, 2013, records its profound gratitude to His Excellency, the Representative of the Secretary of Social Affairs and Culture, Macau S.A.R., China,  Dr. Celeste, VongYimMui, for graciously accepting the invitation to declare open the conference and for His Excelleny’s acknowledgement and recognition of the indispensable role of N.G.O.s in preventing drug and His Excellency’s strong support to IFNGO&OFAP.
Appreciation and gratitude are extended to:

  • Mr. Garth Popple, President of IFNGO, Concurrently Vice President of ANCD, Australia, member of the IFNGO Council of Advisors, Member of the IFNGO Management Board for his attendance and support of the Join 25th IFNGO & OFAP World Conference 2013
  • congratulations, thanks and appreciation are recorded to Arch. Nuno Maria Roque Jorge on assuming the Presidency of IFNGO for the term of office 2013 – 2015 and to OFAP Macau for hosting and organizing the Join 25th IFNGO & OFAP World Conference, Macau S.A.R., China
  • Arch. Nuno Maria Roque Jorge, President of OFAP Macau, S.A.R., China, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, office bearers, volunteers and staff of OFAP Macau for hosting and organizing The Join 25th IFNGO & OFAP World Conference in Macau, S.A.R., China
  • PHILCADSA, Philippines for agreeing to host and organize the 26th IFNGO World Conference in Philippines, in the year 2015
  • the major sponsors, Macau Social Welfare Bureau, Macau Government Tourist Office and the Macau Foundation
  • the sponsors, donors, advertisers and media for the generous  support of The Join 25th IFNGO & OFAP World Conference
  • the Macau Government  Tourist Office for hosting the informal Welcome Reception on Monday, 21st October 2013, at the Terrace, the Westin Hotel & Resort, Macau and the Farewell Banquet on Thursday, 24th October, 2013
  • Dr. Celeste, VongYimMui, The Acting Director of Social Welfare Bureau, Macau, S.A.R., China, for hosting the the Welcome Banquet on the 22nd October, 2013 at the Garden Marquee, Westin Hotel & Resort, Macau, and for her  enormously support and acknowledge  of the importance of the role of the NGOs in preventing and treatment of drug abuse, as well, her recognition to OFAP in making a difference among the NGOs at the International level and bringing to Macau very respectable and important world guests.
  • To express our heartfelt thanks for the participation of all high level delegates and distinguished representatives from all corners of the world, who came together under this year's theme Reinforce the family - for a better and sustainable future.

 Opening Ceremony and Remarks

The IFNGO/OFAP Joint 2013 Conference came into session with the opening ceremony on October 21st, 2013, at the Westin Resort Macau. OFAP President Mr Nuno Jorge invited Ms Celeste Vong, the representative of the Macau SAR Government, to declare the opening. In his opening speech, Mr Jorge said there was no presumption that the conference would result in solutions to such complex social issues, notwithstanding the outstanding quality of the speakers present. The main objective would, therefore be, to leave the summit with new questions, ideas and windows. OFAP’s President also referred to the current social context, in what concerns the globalization and internet society phenomena, in addition to new types of societal pressures which are sometimes met with new stimulants and addictions, or old ones under new forms. In Macau’s case, the inclusion of gaming addiction is pertinent and necessary. Because these are such broad questions, Mr Jorge reinforced the need to extend the discussions to include other fields, such as the family.
After the opening remarks from Mr Jorge and the official opening of the Conference by MsVong, the Master of Ceremony, Prof Chu proceeded to presenting the VIPs present at the occasion:

  • MsVongYimMui, the Acting Director of the Social Welfare Bureau of the Macau SAR of the People’s Republic of China, as representative of Dr Cheong U, Secretary of Social Affairs and Culture of the Macau SAR of the People’s Republic of China
  • Dr Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Director of UNESCAP SROENEA
  • Dr Shi Yuanming, Senior Advisor of the Department of International Cooperation, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China
  • MsSammi Lee Hoi Sun, representative of the Public Prosecutor General of the Macau SAR of the People’s Republic of China
  • Mr Garth Popple, President of IFNGO
  • Mr Nuno Jorge, President of OFAP.

From left: Dr. Yuanming Shi, NHFPC, China; Dr. Celeste Vong, IAS,
Dr. Kilaparti Ramakrishna, ESCAP - SNESEA

The floor was then given to Mr Popple who considered of the greatest importance providing a voice to NGOs in facing new difficult challenges. The President of IFNGO associated with new drugs, as well as the preference for the path of helping addicts rather than punishing or imprisoning them. A special mention was made to alcohol addiction and to the need for further discussion and debate and submission of the relevant report to institutions such as the WHO, governments, the UN, among others. Mr Popple ended his intervention calling for prevention and the reduction of drug harm as the most effective ways to avoid human losses.
The end of the opening ceremony was immediately preceded of a group photo of the VIPs.   

Working Sessions

The working sessions of the conference took place from October 22nd, following the opening ceremony, until October 24th.

October 22nd

October 23rd

October 24th

1st Plenary Session - Current Issues, New Policies and New Substances

2nd Plenary Session – Current Issues, Transnational Organized Crime

3rd Plenary Session – Current Issues, Women and Children, Femicide, The Ageing

Forum on Gaming Addiction – Responsible Gaming

Debate: Civil Society and Anti-Corruption – Should Education at the Early Ages be the Forefront of Anti-Corruption Policies

Forum on Health Care – Medical Tourism

Forum on Drug and Addiction Policies – Decriminalization of Drug Consumption, the Rights of the Addicted


Forum on the Young and the Ageing – Challenges from Population Trends and Housing

Debate: The Current Paradigms on Drug Policies – Is the Conceptual Framework of Current Drug Policies Corresponding to Present Day Concerns?


Debate: Social Security Challenges – Will the Family be able to replace the State as “The Best Social Security”

Photos at working session

Photos at working sessions


Participation at the sessions

On October 25th, a Business Session was held for Resolution purposes, with the following findings:


Recommendation 1
Commit ourselves to sharing information obtained within and among our networks in order to extend the reach and influence of knowledge provided by global experts and agencies present at the conference.

Recommendation 2
Fully support the active participation and support of the OFAP and IFNGO leadership and all of its members in the activities of the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs and the Vienna NGO Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and commit to provide active input into relevant global activities that benefit from the voice of OFAP and IFNGO member's expertise.

Recommendation 3
Commit ourselves to advancing greater understanding a successful health based policy framework in the area of drug policy and the need for reduction in addiction and in consumption of illicit substances.

Recommendation 4
Commit ourselves to supporting the objectives of the World Health Organization, its Global Alcohol Strategy and relevant recommendations on reducing the impact of Alcohol on Non Communicable Diseases.

Recommendation 5
Commit ourselves to advocating for true gender equality in all policies, structures and relevant “fora” so as to combat the growing threats, dangers and crime against women and girls. 

Recommendation 6
Commit ourselves to crime prevention and combating corruption and organized crime.

Recommendation 7
Commit to greater collaboration in civil society to provide a stronger voice for NGOs in influencing future drug, crime and family policies.

Concluding Remarks

The Closing Ceremony took place on October 25th with a head table composed by Dr. Shi Yuanming, Mr Nuno Jorge, Dato Hamzah and Mr Jeffery Bawa.
Dr. Shi Yuanming as chairman made a few introductory remarks about the conference praising all present for their active participation during the sessions.
DatoHamzahspeaking on “Impressions of a Participant”, referred to the Conference as an enriching experience as well as a double blessing, in the sense that such current and relevant issues were discussed and in such a high quality human setting.

Dr. Shi Yuanming as chairman of the closing ceremony. Dato Hamzah expressing his closing as a participant.

Mr Bawa addressed the delegates as a big family, sharing common goals and challenges, view enriching and different viewpoints, in such an environment as to allow for the development of further connections and friendships. He mentioned the current complex world we live in, where so many events occur simultaneously requiring great attention and openness, and a will to find effective solutions and work together. This call for action is divided in two parts: a technical and an emotional one.
The technical perspective relates to drug abuse and health, with the family at the center of our action. Drug dependency was treated in this Conference as a chronic disorder, a disease, which can be more effectively cured with treatment, rather then punishment. Hence, the need to develop networks and to use this Conference as a platform to endow the family with the central role of care giver.

He also proposed a more balanced approach in order to find a middle ground between NGO and government action, with a further requirement to involve industries, academia and the UN, not forgetting the role of umbrella organizations.

He stated the UN was a willingly active part in this process, contributing with expertise and resources.
Another important aspect that was mentioned was the importance of the role of women and youth, in the quest to change patterns of behavior and attitudes, while engaging simultaneously with the elderly, as their input is most valuable in building a constructive dialogue.
In order to achieve new and effective solutions, the road must involve breaking tabus and starting to openly address these pertinent issues – ageing, drug abuse, crimes against women.

On the emotional appeal, he called for action from the youth, as UN action is incomplete without their involvement, their voice, even their criticism which can be instrumental in the long road ahead.
He concluded by stating that this Conference was just the beginning, quoting a Chinese saying: “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”.

The Closing Ceremony was completed with Mr Jorge’s remarks about how the Conference had proceeded with a friendly manner even when addressing different views. He called for a continuous rational debate involving academia, government, NGOs and people working in the field, and the need to find time and opportunities for all these groups to effectively communicate among themselves because the type of functions, ideas and work they engage in are different. As an evaluative remark, he stated he believed the Conference achieved this spirit and new questions and ideas resulted, as hoped.

Program & Conceptual Framework

        A PDF Version can also be downloaded here.


Major Sponsor

Macau Social Welfare Bureau

Macau Government Tourist Office

The Macau Foundation

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Oct. 20 - Pre-Conference, Sunday
Early Arrivals
Time     Type Location
10H00 - 19H00 Early Arrivals Pier, Airport
Oct. 21 - Day o, Monday
Arrivals, Statutory Meetings, Welcome Fellowship
Time     Type Location
11H00 - 19H00 Registration Lobby, Westin
Statutory Meetings
11H45   Gathering Steering Comte.s Members of OFAP Lobby, Westin
      Board & Council Members of IFNGO  
      Specially Invited Delegates  
12H30   Lunch OFAP Board Meeting & Lunch Military Club
concurrently Board & Council Members of IFNGO, Speaker  Military Club
14H00   Transfer TRF OFAP Board to OFAP HQ  
    Tour Board & Council Members of IFNGO, Speaker Kun Iam Temple
14H15     OFAP AGM (Conv. for 14H00) OFAP HQ
15H15     Tea Break OFAP HQ
15H30     IFNGO Ad. Council & Mng. Board Meeting OFAP HQ
15H45   Gathering Voting Members of IFNGO Lobby, Westin
16H15     Tea Break OFAP HQ
16H30     IFNGO AGM (Conv. for 16H00) OFAP HQ
17H30   Gathering Board & Council of IFNGO OFAP HQ
      Information Welcome Receiption The Terrace (G/F)
      Chair by Macau Government Tourist Office  

Conceptual Framework

→    To network with key regulators and directors of the NGO Communities
→    To exchange ideas on the planning and development of drug and family policies globally
→    To share knowledge and experiences on the substainability of civilization development
→    To evaluate current and emerging strategic development of plans in NGO Communities
→    to explore new opportunities in coorperation among NGOs in different fields to strengthen links


(By aphabetical order)


Executive Director, SARDA (Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers, Hong Kong)

With a Bachelor degree in Social Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she obtained a MBA from the University of Michigan and a Master Degree in Arts from the Unviersity of Hong Kong.

Professionally, Ms. Tam is a member of the Advisory Committee on Partnership Fundof the Disadvantaged, Social Welfare Department, a member of the Action Committee Against Narcotics (ACAN) Sub-committee on Treatment and Rehabilitation, Narcotics Division, a member of the Working Group on Three-year Plan Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Services in Hong Kong, Narcotics Division and a member of the Beat Drugs Fund Vetting Panel, Narcotics Division.

She also serves as the Honorary Secretary of Alliance of Anti-Drug Abuse Professionals Limited as well as a Steering Committee of Half-day Anti-drug Traning Programs fo rTeachers with UKUSPACE.

In addition, Ms Tam has had overseas study and work experience such as in Japan, Thailand, the U.K and the United States. She was a columnist of "有戒無類" ("No Drug Addicts Left Behind") in the Sky Post.



Vice-President and Executive Director, PHILCADSA (Philippine Council of NGOs Against Drug and Substance Abuse)

Dr. Cindy Dollente Ang, vice president and executive director of the 32 year-old Philippine Council of NGOs Against Drug and Substance Abuse (PHILCADSA), has been the active partner of PHILCADSA leaders Ms Estela G. Ponce, Ms Nellie Lacson Mercado and Archbishop Loren Tom Hines  in vigorously pursuing its thrusts as a founding member of the IFNGOand the recognized national association of private, voluntary, non-profit and non-stock organizations involved in the fight against drug and substance abuse in the Philippines. The PHILCADSA works closely with the Philippine government through the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement  Agency (PDEA) and has a strong participation in both agencies’ non-government organizations.

“As the foundation of society, the family must be drug-free.”  Such is PHILCADSA’s propelling force, and having identified its main strength as education and training, its core is the Family Life Skills Program (FLSP) which it conducts through the PHILCADSA Institute.  It aims to urge participation of parents and youth in building drug-free families and communities;and to establish partnership between PHILCADSA and identified communities in developing drug prevention projects.  Now conducted in partnership with the Community Chest Foundation’s Parents’ Workshop on Family Values, the FLSP is actually a strengthening of the Parent Enrichment Program (PEP) it initiated in the 80s in key areas of the country. 

Dr.Ang has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from St. Paul University Manila (formerly St. Paul College of Manila), a master’s degree in Psychology with cognate in Guidance and Counselingfrom PamantasanngLungsodngMaynila, and a PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from Centro Escolar University.  She is a Registered Guidance Counselor (RGC).

Most of her professional life has been spent as educator (including teaching Communications, Literature, Social Sciences and Women’s Studies), writer/editor of academic and NGO books and  publications, and as NGO administrator.She was formerly the dean of students of Trinity University of Asia, and director of Student Affairs of The Philippine Women’s University. Dr.Ang was for several years the director of the Family Life Centerof Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation where she conducted DDB-funded research studies on youth involvement for a responsible family life. The center also piloted an all-women therapeutic community.  She has organized conferences with government and non-government organizations on major social issues and concerns.

Her current professional/civic affiliations include: president-elect, Soroptimist International Founder Manila; president, Philippine Alliance Against Pornography; sub-committee chair, National Committee on the Filipino Family; and lifetime member, Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association. A past president of the Philippine Association of University Women and YWCA of Manila, she has served several national committees of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.   

Dr Ang has organized Philippine delegations to IFNGO world and ASEAN conferences and led PHILCADSA in hosting the 19th IFNGO  ASEAN NGOs Workshopheld in 2010 in Manila with the theme, “Youth and Family Together Against Drugs.”  Recently, DDB and PHILCADSA, which she represented withRev. Ephraim V. Guerrero, a PHILCADSA trustee,  co-organized  the Interfaith Council on Drug Abuse Prevention through a top-level consultation of faith-based organizations.  She and Rev. Guerrero head the task force updating the DDB’s handbook on drug abuse prevention for various sectors.

Now into musical composing, she has produced six musical compositions. The first one, whose lyrics she also authored, was sang at the wedding rites of a family member. Dr.Ang is the incumbent corporate secretary and executive director of Community Chest Foundation (ComChest), and a professorial lecturer at the School of Distance Education of The Philippine Women’s  University. 



Chairman, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association)

João Manuel Costa Antunes, a civil engineer, has eventually found his way into tourism with enthusiasm and versatility.  

Born in Lisbon, Portugal and earned his civil engineering degree from the Lisbon Technical Institute, he has become a veteran in serving the Macau community since 1983. He was appointed the Director of Macau Government Tourist Office in April 1988 leading a dynamic team of tourism professionals. Under his leadership, tourism in Macau has taken off and continues to flourish.  

In December 1999, Mr. Costa Antunes accomplished a momentous event for Macau when he was given the unique opportunity to organize the official Handover Ceremony of Macau SAR as the Coordinator of the Handover Ceremony Coordination Office.  

During his public tenure, he also held other posts such as Coordinator of Macau Grand Prix, member of Culture Consultation Council, member of Tourism Development Advisory Commission and Coordinator of Tourism Crisis Management Office in Macau.  

João is also heavily participating in a lot of cultural and tourism related organizations and associations. He was president of EATA (East Asia Travel Association) from 1991-92 and 1997-98 and he is currently a life member of PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association), Chairman-Elect 2012-14, member of the Board of Directors as well as and Vice-Chairman of PATA Macau Chapter.



Executive Director, IOGT International & Deputy Chairperson, Vienna NGO Committee


1993, MBA, School of Economics at the Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden
1977, Master of Science, University of Umeå, Sweden

Professional experience                             
2003 ongoing     Executive Director, IOGT International
2012 ongoing     Senior Advisor, IOGT-NTO-movement International Institute
1994 - 2012          Secretary General, IOGT-NTO-movement International Institute
1991-1994            Deputy Managing Director/Controller, City of Göteborg
1987-1990            Secretary of District Council, City of Göteborg
1981-1986            Administrative Director, Social Welfare, Härryda municipality
1977-1980            Research Officer, City of Kungsbacka
1970-1974            Youth and Regional Advisor, IOGT-NTO

Other relevant experience        
2013 ongoing     Deputy Chairperson, Vienna NGO Committee
2009 – 2013         Treasurer, Vienna NGO Committee
1998 - 1999          Project Manager for the Sida-financed project ”Drugs around the World” in Vietnam
1991-1996            Secretary in the project ”Global Initiative” in co-operation with UNDCP and WHO
1991 - 1996          Member of co-operation group with UNDCP and WHO
1986 - 1994          Vice president, IOGT International
1982 - 1986          Vice president, IGTYF (Youth Council)
1979 - 1985          Member of the Board, IOGT-NTOs Junior Association



President 2011-2013, IFNGO (International Federation of NGOs against Drugs and Substance Abuse)

Mr Garth Popple is Executive Director, We Help Ourselves (WHOS) Residential Therapeutic Programs for Drug and Alcohol Dependence; Executive Member of the Australian National Coucil on Drugs, Board Member & Past President of the  Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA);

 Mr Popple has been working in A&OD management roles since 1986 and in honorary committee and board positions since 1981 for the non-profit sector. He has been primarily focused on the Therapeutic Community (TC) movement for most of his career to date including working with TCs throughout Asia. In 1991 he became involved in harm minimisation initiatives and he stays in touch with the needs and feedback from users past and present.

 As the Executive Director of We Help Ourselves (WHOS), Mr Popple operates six residential TCs within Australia; WHOS provides other services such as Aftercare and HIV/Infectious Disease Education Services.

 These appointments have a specific interest to Mr. Popple due to their focus on the non-government sector, nationally and internationally.

 Mr Popple was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Drug and Alcohol Endeavoursin 2010, is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Sydney received in recognition of his ‘Services to the Community’ and in 2007 was a recipient of a NationalHonour Roll Award for persons who have made a significant contribution, over a considerable time period, to the Drug and Alcohol field. His past board memberships and associations include Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NSW (NADA); and the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC), International Council of Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) and a number of current and previous international and national Expert Advisory Committees.



CEO& Executive Director, MGM China Holdings Limited

Grant R. Bowie is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited. In this role Mr. Bowie is responsible for the overall management, strategic development and expansion of the company as well as the operations at the MGM Macau property.


Mr. Bowie joined MGM Grand Paradise Limited in August 2008 as President of MGM Macau. Prior to this he was President and General Manager of Wynn Macau from 2003 to 2007. Before coming to Macau Mr. Bowie spent 16 years with Park Place Entertainment in Australia, holding senior positions in Casino, General Finance and Hotel Operations. His
last position held was Area Senior Vice President for Park Place Entertainment overseeing their Australian operation.

Governor – The American Chamber of Commerce in Macau.
Member to Advisory Board, The Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming - University of Macau.
Adjunct Professor, Tourism and Leisure Management – University of Queensland.
Past member of Australian Federal Government's Tourism Forecasting Council.
Past Chairman of Queensland's Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee and a member of the National Advisory Body on Gambling.

Mr. Bowie was educated in New Zealand and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Otago in 1980.



Graduate, University of Florida

Miss Hada Fong Ha Ieong was brought up from a traditional Chinese family in a low social-economic status where education means more than anything else.  At the age of 17, Miss Hada left to America alone for her further education. She received a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and minor in Chemistry and Biology at Seattle University. She has earned her Master of Science from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Pharmacy at University of Florida in 2013.  Her concentration is Forensic Toxicology, in which her major interest is drug addiction, particularly in the neurotoxicity and cognitive impairment of chronic consumption of drugs in adults, adolescences, including prenatal exposure of drugs of abuse.

Miss Hada was psychology counselor at the treatment centers of ARTM (Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macau) and a visitor of a meditation Zen center for drug abusers supported by the local people in Gainesville, FL. These in-house and hand-on experiences with drug abusers allowed her to gain tremendous insights about their behavioral change, cognitive functioning, social cognition, and their self-image and sense of being.

She is currently hired as a lab technician at a medical laboratory and a research assistant in the clinical psychology program at University of Macau. She has been assessing the cognitive functions of normal individuals in Macau, including adults and children, to obtain the normative data by using neuropsychology assessments. Miss Hada also remains her active role as a volunteering psychology counselor at ARTM. Her interest is to apply the neuropsychology and neuroscience approach to the addiction population in order to understand the their neural network. Her goal is to achieve a better understanding of the brain and the mind of the marginalized who suffer from drug addiction – one of the most neglected diseases.

Beyond her academic interest, Miss Hada was a volunteering scientist for a non-governmental and non-profit orientated medical center where she established one of the most-wanted DNA testing unit in the Gambia, West Africa, in 2012. She also was a volunteering teacher and farm trainer in a local village of the Gambia to promote free education for the minority.



Hon. Secretary, IFNGO (International Federation of NGOs against Drugs and Substance Abuse)


Committee for Promoting Inter-Religious Harmony and Understanding Amonst Adherents(Appointed by Cabinet of Malaysia) – Permanent Member 2011 – 2012
Co-Chairman  - Jk Kerja 1, Jk Mempromosikan Persefahaman dan Keharmonian di-Antara Penganut Agama (Dilantik oleh Kabinet Malaysia)


National Level:

  • Founding and Life Member of PEMADAM Malaysia
  • Member, National Council of PEMADAM Malaysia (Prevention of Drug Abuse)
  • 1967 – 2001; 2001-2003; 2007-2009, 2009 – 2011, 2011-2013.

  • Chairman, Bureau of International Information, PEMADAM Malaysia 2001-2003.
  • Chairman, International & IFNGO Bureau, EMADAM  2007-2009, 2009 – 2011, 2011-2013.
  • Member of Executive Committee, National PEMADAM Malaysia 2007 – 2009./li>

International Level:

  • Hon. Secretary, IFNGO – International ederation of Non-Government Organizations for the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse. 1982 – present. (31 years of continuous voluntary service)
  • Secretary, IFNGO ASEAN N.G.O.s Against Drug Abuse 1988 – present.
  • Vice Chairman, Fellowship of Rotarians for the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse 2004-2009.



Representative (in NYC United Nation), IFUW (International Federation of University Women)

Born in Vienna/Austria. Studies of Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Vienna. Master’s Degree after presenting her thesis on electrophoresis of organic substances.

Worked at Chemiefaser Lenzing AG, an Austrian company producing chemical fibers and foils for four years. Development of improved processing of cellulose foils in cooperation with a colleague. Austrian patent honored by the management of the company with a monetary reward.

Held seminars at IBM Austria and ROECE (IBM’s Regional Office for Eastern and Central Europe) Instructor for programming languages, mainly PL/1 an advanced system developed by IBM. Taught in German and English.

After four years at IBM, joined the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna/Austria working in the area of project management and control.

1985 till retirement in 2000: United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York as Senior Auditor. Member of the team that developed the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) connecting/exchanging personnel and financial data of UN Offices worldwide.       1989 till 1995: Executive Secretary of the Technological Innovations Board at UNHQ.

While working for the UN and during her frequent missions to developing countries, her interest was raised in the cultural development and the socio-economic factors promoting such processes, especially when visiting countries in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and the Far East. Therefore, she commenced studying archaeology immediately after retirement at the University of Vienna.

Master’s Degree after presenting a thesis on dyestuff and dying methods in antiquity in line with her background in organic chemistry. PhD based on the dissertation entitled the “Physical Appearance of Ante-Nicene Christians”.

Author of a variety of project documents and internal papers of the United Nations.
Chapter on “Current Ideas about the Morphology of Synthetic Fibres” in vol. 1 of the three volume work published by H. Mark, V. Cernia, S. Atlas, Synthetic Fibres. New York – London – Sidney 1972;
Article in IBM Journal entitled “Automated Simulation Systems for Training Programs”, 1979;
Chapter on “Hazardous Waste Management” in the book published by M. Maltase, H. Metry, B. Suttner, Clean Technologies: Strategies and Concepts fort the Future. London – New York 1997;
Parts of her thesis entitled “Farbstoffe und Färbemethoden an antiken Stoffen” were published in the journal Mitteilungen zur Christlichen Archäologie, Bd. 11, 2005.
Two articles are in print, one on “The Physical Appearance of Ante-Nicene Christians” in English and the other on “Psimithion – Bleiweiss” in German, i.e white lead.

 Continues to contribute to the work of non-governmental organizations represented at the UN in Vienna and New York in the area of human issues regarding women, prevention of crime and drug abuse. She is a member of the Organizations of UN Retirees in New York and Vienna, respectively.



Consultant, UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)

Jeffrey Bawa is a consultant with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and has been working within the Civil Society Unit at his Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, since January 2010. Mr. Bawa serves as a focal point for civil society involvement in a full range of activities at the international, regional and national levels aimed at preventing drug abuse and crime. Particularly, Mr. Bawa offers field experience on corruption-related issues with particular focus on civil society empowerment and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Prior to his work with UNODC, he was a United Nations representative for the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and has also worked at the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec advising the Prime Minister on issues related to Asia. In addition to his experience with civil society and international organizations, Jeffery Bawa has led numerous trade missions to China and India for Canadian companies.

Jeffery Bawa holds a Master’s degree in International Relations obtained at the Institut Québecois des Hautes Études Internationales, in Quebec city, Canada. Mr. Bawa also completed his studies in Norway and China with a specialisation in security, corruption and crime prevention in South and East Asia. He speaks French, English, Chinese, Spanish and German.



Preident, IEEM (Institute of European Studies of Macau)

Mr. José Luís de Sales Marques is the president of the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM) since 2002. IEEM was founded in 1997 with the main mission of promoting academic and cultural relations between Macau and the European Union.

Mr. Sales Marques, a former mayor of Macau, is also immersed in community work, landing his experience as a trained economist and government official to promote education and culture in Macau and help foster civil society in his hometown.

Mr. Sales Marques is currently the president of the General Assembly of OFAP/Macau (Organization of the Families of Asia Pacific), president of GA of Architecture Sans Frontiéres/Macau, president of the Board of Directors of Macau Jazz Club, president of the Supervisory Board of the Council of Macanese Communities, Board Member of the Portuguese School Foundation among other community activities.

Besides his works at IEEM and other organizations, Mr. Sales Marques writes and teaches in several post-graduation programs, covering topics such as international relations, urban studies and the economy of culture.



Editor, the daily newspaper 'Tribuna de Macau'

José Rocha Diniz is a Portuguese professional journalist with more than 40 years experience, first in Portugal in the biggest Portuguese daily newspaper – Diario de Notícias- and the last 30 years as publisher of Tribuna de Macau. He has articles and reports in different newspapers and magazines in many European countries.

With a degree in History, also study Law. Was a teacher in secondary school and in University of Macau. Have been Assistant-Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences and Coordinator of Publications in University of Macau. It was also the founder of The Macau Educational TV, a government funded project that taught the official languages by Macau TV .

Member of various political and civics associations in Macau, serve as member of the government Education Council, and Languages Situation Committee.

It has been honored by Macau Governor wtih the Medal of Merit (1997) and The Portuguese President of Republic with the Grand Cross of The Order of Merit (1999)



Lectuerer and International Consultant

Academic and Professional Achievements

I)          Studies:
a)         AHLA - CHE (Teaching of Hospitality/Tourism Subjects and Quality Control at Graduate-level.    Houston University, Conrad Hilton Institute, USA.
b)         Studies in Law: “Women and the Law”. Faculty of Law, University of South-Africa, Pretoria, post-graduate level.
(Derivates: Cultures and Heritage in different Subjects: Behaviour, Family Traditions,
Social Integrity, Livelihood-Frameworks, Gender Issues, Violence Issues).
c)         BBA Bachelor of Business Administration.   OEKREAL, Zürich, Switzerland.

II)         Lectures / Workshops / Speeches:
a)         Lectures (Universities): Heritage and Culture – Behavioural Patterns.
b)         Quality Control.
c)         Organising and running of Workshops (Women Org.): Environment and Housekeeping;
d)         Applied Business Conduct for Women Organisations, Specialised Credit Scheme.

III)        Consulting:
a)         Hospitality Establishments: Quality Control, Specialised Training.
b)         Health-Tourism Development as a regional Project (for Governments).
c)         Development of Retirement Resorts with Health/Wellness Clinics.
.           Design and Develop “VillageLodge”@ Hotels, “gOlden Village & Resorts”, “WindTower” Hotels.
d)         Develop Culture / Heritage Projects for Tourism (e.g. Bedouins, Somali nomads, Aborigines).
e)         Develop and lead sustainable Women Development Departments for the UN and NGOs:
Educational Sector:     Literacy and Vocational-, Skills-Training, T.O.Ts.
Investment Sector:      Revolving Credit Funds, Grants.
Project Sector:            Development, Implementation, Supervision.
Sexual and Gender-based Violence Programme (UNHCR).
f)          Capacity Building for Women Groups (financially and through training).
g)         Develop revolving credits and specific credit schemes for SMEs and Co-operatives.
h)         General Manager of Expat Compounds in Somalia.



Director, UNESCAP-ENEA (East and North-East Asia Office, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)

Kilaparti Ramakrishna is the Director, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) East and North-East Asia Office in Incheon, Republic of Korea.  The Office covers six member States of ESCAP- China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation, and two Associate members – Hong Kong and Macao. The Office also serves as the Secretariat of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC).

Before joining ESCAP Dr. Ramakrishna, an internationally-known climate policy leader and environmental lawyer, was with the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) in a 3-fold position; Holder of Sara Shallenberger Brown Chair in Environmental Law and Policy; Director, WHRC Policy Program, and Vice President.  He is a lead author of current assessment (and many before it) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In addition, Dr. Ramakrishna taught at a number of law schools including at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Law School, Boston University and Boston College Law Schools and at Yale University.

In terms of experience with the United Nations system, Dr. Ramakrishna worked for over five years in many capacities including as the Principal Policy Advisor to the Executive Director for the United Nations Environment Programme.  His other responsibilities included UNEP’s Chief of Cross-sectoral Environmental Issues and Deputy Director in the Division of Policy Development and Law.  He was Special Advisor to the United Nations in drafting the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and also assisted with work on the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and subsequently worked for a while as the Principal Officer for Implementation in the CBD secretariat, Montreal.  Dr. Ramakrishna also helped establish the independent World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development and served as its Coordinator.

Having received his academic training in sciences and law in India, Dr. Ramakrishna joined Harvard Law School in Massachusetts.  His research interests were largely on how developing counties cope with emerging environmental problems and what role if any that laws, regulations, judiciary and civil society might play in it.

Dr. Ramakrishna is an elected life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and serves on the board of trustees of Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He holds bachelors degrees in law and sciences and masters and doctorate degrees in international environmental law.  He is married with two children.



Associated Researcher, Chief of Research Division on Ageing Society and Culture, CRAC (China Research Center on Ageing)

Li Jing, as associate researcher, is the chief of Research Division on Ageing Society and Culture, China Research Center on Ageing (CRCA), Beijing, China. She graduated from Peking University in 1994, with the Bachelor degree in sociology, and god her PH.D. degree in sociology from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2006. She has joined CRCA in 2006, working mainly on sociology of ageing.



Chief, Division of Controlled Drugs, FDA, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

Master of Institute of Hospital and Health Care Administration, National Yang-Ming University

1991-1999  Nurse Anesthetists, Department of Anesthesiology of National Taiwan University Hospital
1999-2001  Assistant , Institute of Public Health, Department of Health
2002-2006  Associate Technical Specialist , National Bureau of Controlled Drugs, Department of Health
2006-2008  Specialist ,National Bureau of Controlled Drugs, Department of Health
2008-2009  Technical Specialist, National Bureau of Controlled Drugs, Department of Health
2010-2013  Chief, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health



Member, Portuguese Parliament

Maria de Belém Roseira Martins Coelho Henriques de Pina was born in Porto in 1949. A law graduate by the Universidade de Coimbra in 1972, she has published several books and articles in specialty magazines, both in Portugal and abroad.

A jurist, she began her career at the Ministry of Corporations and Social Security (1973). She was involved in the establishment of numerous social agencies, such as the Portuguese Association for Victim Support, the Portuguese Association of Psico-Gerontology and the League of Friends of the St. Francis Xavier. She was vice-president of the Lisbon Santa Casa da Misericórdia (1988-1992) and CEO of the Lisbon Regional Centre of the Portuguese Institute of Oncology (1992-1995). Among other positions, she was also a board member of the Teledifusão de Macau (1986-1987).

She was Health Minister of the XIII Constitutional Government of the Portuguese Republic and Minister of Equality in the XIV Government (1999-2000), both headed by António Guterres. She was vice-president (1997) and president (1999) of the General Assembly of the World Health Organisation.

She is currently  member of parliament, elected by the Lisbon constituency and simultaneously president of the General Assembly of the União das Misericórdias Portuguesas, the União das Mutualidades e da Irmandade de S. Roque, member of the board of the Portuguese Association or Victim Support, the Association for Law Progression, the Portuguese Association of Telemedicine and the general council of the Universidade de Coimbra, Fundação do Gil, Portuguese Lung Foundation and board member of the Francis Obikwelu Foundation.



Liaison, Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS)
Chair Vienna NGO Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Served 34 years in the United Nations Secretariat in various capacities in the Office of the Secretary General, human rights, technical cooperation, HABITAT, UNDP, peacekeeping, and the Office on Drugs and Crime. Guest lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, University of Graz, Law School of Vienna University, Austrian Centre for Peace Studies (Schlaining), Bond University (Australia), Sydney University Centre for Peace Studies, University of Tillburg (Netherlands), University of Otago (New Zealand), University of the West Indies (Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad), Kingston University (UK) and Cornell University (USA). Organizer and editor of the proceedings "Can the United Nations Be Taught? A Compendium of Innovative Teaching Techniques(2008); organizer of ACUNS Annual Meeting "New Security Challenges" (Vienna, 2010); co-organizer University of Vienna/IOM/ACUNS conference "Youth and Social Exclusion"(2010); secretary, preparatory meetings and participant Twelfth United Nations Congress Workshop "International Criminal Justice Education for the Rule of Law" (2009, 2010); organizer and editor "Jugendliche im Gefaengnis? Modelle im Umgang mit straffaelligen Jugendlichen" (Austrian Ministry of Jusice, 2009); organizer ACUNS conference "United Nations and new Social Media" (Wels, 2007), "Using the New Information Technology: Creating a Web.2 Environment for Human Rights", contribution to Vienna World Conference on Human Rights (2008). Producer/ Director of teaching videos "Making Standards Work" (SMR for Prisoners), "The Forgotten Ones" (Victim Rights), and "Crime Prevention Works". Member of the European Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, World Society of Victimology, International Catholic Commission of Prison Pastoral Care, Penal Reform International, and the United Nations Associations of Austria and of Australia. Conducted studies of the Africans in Austrian prisons and migrant children held in detention, co-ordinated handbooks on treatment of foreigners in prison, religious freedom in prison, and chaplains confronted with torture, organized a symposium on teaching climate change (Belgrade, 2010), contributed to conference "Ethics and Climate Change" (Olomouc, 2010) and "Social Responsibility vis a vis Climate Change" (Bled, 2011). Helped organize Human Rights Film festivals in Klagenfurt, Vienna, and London



CEO, CCSA (Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse)

Michel Perron was re-appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) for another five-year term by the Governor in Council of Canada in November 2012. For more than 12 years, Mr. Perron has passionately championed a national and collaborative approach to prevent and address the impacts of substance abuse.

Working with all levels of government as well as the not-for-profit and private sectors, CCSA has successfully led many first-ever national initiatives for Canada, including an overarching national action plan on substance abuse, a national alcohol strategy, a national workforce strategy for professionals working in the field, and a national youth drug prevention strategy. These strategies represent new ways of thinking and working together to deliver practical and tangible results for Canadians.

On the international stage, Mr. Perron is Chair of the Vienna Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Drugs (VNGOC), which serves as the primary link between NGOs and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. He also led the Beyond 2008 initiative—developed by NGOs from more than 115 countries, it represents the most comprehensive, consensus-based declaration and recommendations on global drug policy matters. Today, VNGOC's work guides and forges new alliances between NGOs, member states and the United Nations to enable countries to find new ways to reduce the impacts and harms associated with substance abuse.

Prior to his appointment with CCSA, Mr. Perron held a number of positions in the federal government with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Health Canada and the Office of the Solicitor General.

Mr. Perron is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg and the Harvard Business School.



President, OFAP (Organization of the Families of Asia and the Pacific)

Mr. Nuno M. R. Jorge, born in Macau, from a traditional Macanese Family, is now the First Vice President of IFNGO (International Federation of Non-Government Organizations for the Prevention of Drug and Substance Abuse) for the year 2009-2011, as well as the permanent representation of IFNGO at the UN (New York) and UNODC (Vienna), and an observer seat at ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council, UN).

President Nuno Jorge, a chartered architect and registered accountant, received his Diploma in Architecture from the Higher School of Fine Arts in Lisbon, where he also studied Business Organization and Management, with major in Marketing, at the Higher Institute of New Professions.

He also has studies and interests in Modern Maths, Computers, as well as Heritage Preservation, and is an alumni of the East West Center of the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu.

From his interests, he holds memberships at the Society of Fine Arts, The Literary Circle of Lisbon, and the Lisbon Geographical Society among others, and is a P. Dist. Governor of Rotary International (D.3450).

Engaging in extensive volunteer work, he dedicated much of his efforts to the Red Cross. His contributions are evidenced by his past role as Chairman of the Macau Red Cross from blank to blank, and Chairman Emeritus from then onwards; his past membership of the board of the Chinese Red Cross Society, and finally the position he held as the Vice President of the Portuguese Red Cross Society. Additionally he has also been a Rotarian for the last 33 years, spending part of that time as Governor of Rotary International from blank to blank, participating and chairing many international committees. He is also the Past President of the Association of Architects of Macau.

Recognition was bestowed to him by the PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Heritage Award of Recognition for his work in the Fort and Pousada of Sao Tiago. He also received a Medal of Professional Merit and a Medal of Valor (both from Macau), as well as several honors from Korea, Russia and Portugal, including the Honor Plaque from the Portuguese Red Cross.

Among his diverse activities and businesses, President Nuno Jorge chairs OFAP (Organization of the Families of Asia and the Pacific), is a member of the International Committee for the Adu Dhabi World Family Forum and is, at present, the President of Skal Macau-Association of Professionals of Tourism.



Regional Anti‐Corruption Adviser, UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Shervin Majlessi is the Regional Anti‐Corruption Adviser at UNODC's Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok since August 2011. Before taking up his position in Bangkok he managed UNDP's Accountability and Transparency Project in Kabul, Afghanistan (on secondment). Within the UN system he has served at New York Office of the UNODC and at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, focusing on good overnance/corruption issues. Prior to joining the UN he was a deputy counsel for the Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN Oil‐for‐
Food Programme (Volcker Committee) and has also worked for the Department of Institutional Integrity of the World Bank and in private legal practice.

Shervin holds a PhD and a master of laws in international economic law from McGill University (Canada), a master of laws in international finance from Harvard Law School (USA) and a bachelor of law and master of public international law from University of Tehran (Iran).



Senior Advisor (Representative of Director General), NHFPC (National Health and Family Planning Commission)

Senior Adviser of the Department of International Cooperation, National Heal and Family Planning Commission of China.

He's joined the National Population and Family Planning Commission of China (NPFPC) since 1992 and acted as the Progam Officer, Division Chief and Assistant Counsel, he organized and participated in a joint study and exploitation on the emergency contraception with low-dose mifepristone with multi Chinease research institutions, RH/FP service centers, phamosutical enterprisies and Rockefeller Foundation, Concept Foundation, Path ant World Health Organisation  in the year of 1997-2000.

Also, as a coordinator of the operational office of the Quality-of-care Pilot Project of NPFPC, he Participated  with an initiation and implemention of the Quality-of-Care in family planning and reprocuctive health pilot projects and the project of Sexual and Reproductive Health Counseling Capacity Building in China and involved in the training, supervision, monitoring, assessment and compiled a series of quality care on RH/FP publications.



Associate Professor of Business Management, USJ (University of Saint Joseph)

Dr. Cheng is Associate Professor of Business Management and Director of the Internship and Career Office at the University of Saint Joseph, Macau. Since her PhD in Sociology from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 1987, she has been engaged in universities - mostly business schools - in Australia, UK and Asia, ran an educational consulting business, has been an advisor and reviewer to academic institutions and journals, and volunteered for non-government organisations. She has supervised numerous doctoral and master degree students from various universities internationally. Her eclectic research interests range across many areas, including Asian business management, strategic management, corporate social responsibility, customer satisfaction and service quality, issues in gaming, hospitality, tourism and MICE. Her research has been published in the Journal of Retail and Service Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, the Journal of Enterprising Culture, the Asia-Pacific Business Review, Journal of East European Management Studies, Casino & Gambling International, among others. Her teaching interests have also covered a wide spectrum of disciplines in business and social sciences, and she has taught students from pre-university to PhD and executive levels.



International President, IOGT International

Sven-Olov Carlsson,
BSc, began his career as a Municipal Chief Executive and worked for 20 years in this field. Since 2002 he is the International President of IOGT International, a worldwide community of NGOs working in the field of alcohol and drug policy and prevention.

Mr. Carlsson is a member of the Board of EUROCARE – the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) and International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA). Between 1995 - 2009 he was the President of IOGT-NTO in Sweden, an NGO working in the field of alcohol and drug policy and prevention.

In 2009 he became the International President of World Federation Against Drugs (WFAD), a multilateral community of non-governmental organizations and individuals. WFAD advocate a balanced and restrictive drug policy based on the UN Conventions.



President of ARTM (Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macau)

Augusto Nogueira is the founder member and current President of ARTM (Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macau). For the last 18 years he has worked tirelessly to improve the conditions of drug users in Macau; to provide access to treatment, and in harm reduction advocacy.

He brings to this position years of experience in local & international development for rehabilitation and prevention of substances abuse, and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support. He pioneered the Needle Syringes Program in Macau, which currently comprises 2 needle syringe programs, 2 rehabilitation centres and 1 prevention department.

Augusto Nogueira has been recognized by the local government on numerous occasions. He has been invited to be a member of the Narcotics Control Commission of the Macau Government, the Youth Drug Commission of Macau Government, the AIDS Prevention and Control Commission of Macau Government and, most recently, to the Commission of the Working Group for the Execution and Follow up of the New Drug Laws of the Macau Government.

One of his milestones has been his successful advocacy in drug policy reform in Macau; to allow the implementation of the needle syringe programs, and also to ban specific laws pertaining to the possession of paraphernalia.

Over the years Augusto Nogueira has implemented a multi-service approach in the areas of treatment, harm reduction and prevention. He has acted as a bridge between drug users, their families, health services, the government and community as a whole. He has also been innovative in his work in raising community awareness with such initiatives as the Fight the Stigma with a Hug campaign, and the organization of the first such conference in Macau.

He has brought different approaches and methods to Macau, such as the MTAR – Methadone till Abstinence Residential program that allows the users of heroin and methadone to seek help in the community center and to continue with the methadone program once in the treatment centre of ARTM.

Through his relentless work at a grassroots and regional level, his vision of better conditions for drug users, HIV/AIDS sufferers, and for prevention in schools, industry and the general community has become a reality with the addition of the needle syringe programs, outreach centre and services, first female facilities, and Be Cool youth project to the original male treatment centre.



Adjunct Professor, USJ (University of St Joseph)

Architect and Technical Adviser at the Municipal Affairs Institute of Macao (IACM). Part time Lecturer at the Tourism Formation Institute (IFT) and a visiting professor at USJ.

He obtained his PhD as Doctor of Engineering in Architecture and Building Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering of Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan (2006).

Realized several projects at the historical centers of Macao, Taipa and Coloane, some of them had been included by UNESCO as part of World Heritage. Published on different topics like: Heritage Management and Urban Planning for a Sustainable Development Environment, Green city and Heritage, City planning and Tourism Carrying Capacity; Impact of the Casino Industry in Urban Planning, Housing for the Elderly in an Aging Society. He is also doing research on Portuguese maritime expansion and influence in the Far East, from Malaysia to Japan.



President, Panorama-Medica Group

Dr Zadok S. Lempert, is a Swiss national, currently residing in Bangkok, and holds a PhD in Economics and Business Administration, an MBA in International Marketing and Financial Controlling, a BA in Business Management. He had been awarded the “International Who is Who in International Professionals” Marketing Award in 1999.

Dr Zadok S. Lempert is an expert-veteran in the Tourism Development, Environmental Management, Community Development sectors (= Ecotourism) with some 35 years experience.

From 1976 - 1987 he acted as Managing Director of Irene Tourism International, a tour-operator specializing in expeditions dedicated to follow natural and cultural phenomena worldwide.  During this time (since 1978) he became a pioneer in Eco-Tourism Development and since then has continued to specialize in sustainable development, environmental management, humanitarian sustainable socio-economic rehabilitation and development.

In 1987 he became CEO of Panorama Group International Ltd., and CEO of INSTEAD - International Network for Sustainability, Tourism, Environment, Aid & Development.  He has been seconded to lead management missions by UNDP/EU-ECHO/Caritas Rehabilitation Consortium to East- and Horn-of-Africa to act as Chief Delegate and recently as Country Director for Chad to attend to and assist the many Sudanese refugees who fled from Darfur.

Further, he was elected to serve fixed terms as Executive Director of INEM - the World Federation of National Associations for Environmental Management, Cleaner Production and Local Agenda 21 and then Chief Executive of IFOAM – the World Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.  He has travelled worldwide following lecturing, management and consultant missions.

Currently he is Professor for Sustainable Tourism in Bangkok, Thailand. Recently he served as official Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, Thailand. He is also partner in several leading-edge tourism-development businesses in Thailand and the region.

In the past years Dr Zadok S. Lempert concentrated on developing regulations and guidelines in the sector of ‘Medical-/Healthcare Tourism”, and has been instrumental in supporting the positioning of Thailand as a leading “Medical Destination”. He is a leading partner in “PANORAMA-MEDICA GROUP International”, based in Bangkok. In 2010, PATA (Pacific-Asia Travel-Association) has requested him to chair its newly established tourism/medical knowledge-exchange platform, the PATA Healthcare Travel Task-Force.

He is frequently requested to join task-forces, audit and reporting teams, to present speeches at conferences or lecture at seminars. He is member of several committees and boards handling Triple-Bottom-Line Sustainable Development.  Due to his worldwide consultancy, audit and lecturing assignments, he has become a “world citizen” and has continuously been living like a “jet-age gypsy” -  and  - as he states  -  enjoying every bit of it.

Academic Research and Development Institutes Dr Lempert has liaised and cooperated with, has been on their advisory board, lectured at in the course of the past 20 years:

-  Faculty of Economics, Environment and Wildlife, Tourism – UNISA, University of South Africa, Pretoria;
-  Thai Ecotourism Institute – University of Srinakharinwiroth, Bangkok;
-  Asian Technology Institute – Asian Disaster Preparedness Institute, Bangkok;
-  AERC – African Economic Research Council, Nairobi;
-  AVU – African Virtual University, Nairobi;
-  IEEEI – International Economic Environmental Education Institute, Lund;
-  Faculty of Economy and Tourism Research Studies – University of Zheijian, Hangzhou;
-  Faculty of Economic Environmental Studies, Sheikh Zayed International Award Academy, Dubai;


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